12 days in Crete Itinerary

12 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete travel planner
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Fly to Chania International Airport, Drive to Kissamos
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Kissamos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hersonissos
— 4 nights
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Kissamos — 2 nights

A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kissamos: Elafonissi (Elafonisi Viewpoint & Elafonissi Beach), Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER (in Kolymbari) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Balos Lagoon, stroll through Falassarna Beach, look for gifts at To Kaniski, and experience rural life at Astrikas Estate Biolea.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kissamos vacation site.

Savannah, USA to Kissamos is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Savannah to Kissamos. September in Kissamos sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rethymnon.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Rethymnon — 4 nights

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Lake Kournas (in Kournas), Chania Town (Miden Agan & Old Venetian Harbor) and Souda (Souda Bay War Cemetery & Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera). Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rethymnon road trip site.

You can drive from Kissamos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 4 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Heraklion (Inspira, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, &more), Lake Voulismeni (in Agios Nikolaos) and Spinalonga (Kalydon) (in Elounda). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, delve into the distant past at Archaia Poli Tis Lato, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos road trip planner.

You can drive from Rethymnon to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hersonissos can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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